Who Are the Ultra-Heroes and Where Do They Come From?: A Countersink Scene

“WHO ARE THE ULTRA-HEROES AND WHERE DO THEY COME FROM?”

By Jenny Tortuga, Reporter at The Redmond Tribune, July 10, 1987

The country has been buzzing lately about the armed man in spandex that escaped from police custody. It’s likely that my readers are already familiar with the details of this case, as had been released to the public to date, but reporters at The Redmond Tribune have uncovered the truth.

It’s something straight out of a science fiction novel. With more than a little government conspiracy thriller thrown in.

Picture this: a sleepy little town in Northern California. Suddenly, a man in blue spandex and a cape shows up and begins sabotaging fences on large animal pens, letting hundreds of cows, horses, and sheep out into the wild. From a distance, it looks like a stunt pulled by an animal rights group.

But get this: after Mr. Spandex has released his target animals, he proceeds to hunt them down and shoot them with the two pistols he brought with him. By the time police had captured him, he had injured 40 animals and killed ten.

An eyewitness has come forward to one of our reporters and she says the man was screaming psychobabble. Jargon and ethics and all kinds of nonsense jumbled together like a pile of wet newspaper. “One phrase kept coming up,” says the eyewitness. “‘Sato lives!’” When asked who he was by police, the man replied “Prometheus the sinner.”

Prometheus never made it to a jail cell. En route to the police station, the squad car was bombed. The bodies of the two police officers were found but Prometheus was gone without a trace. It is assumed he is currently at large and the staff at the Redmond Tribune urges locals to use extreme caution when leaving their houses.

Police have been addressing the immediate danger associated with an escaped, unstable criminal, but this reporter is more concerned about the unsettling new trend of insane people in costumes destroying things for no foreseeable reason. There has been nothing published regarding their connection, but it doesn’t take a trained eye to notice the similarities: bizarre costumes, violence keeping with a theme, instability and babbling, and, most compelling, the fact that everyone that has been encountered has identified themselves under a name from Greek Mythology.

Why Greek? Is this a terrorist group, or is someone pulling the strings from behind? What has been done to these people’s minds to make them this way? Where on earth have they come from and what do they want?

Perhaps these “ultra-heroes,” as they call themselves, have something to do with the memory rehabilitation clinic that closed down a few years ago, at which a Mr. Koichi Sato was employed. It’s still conjecture at this point, but this reporter intends to keep digging until she finds the truth.

(7/31/87)

BREAKING NEWS!

A DEADLY CAR CRASH CLAIMS THE LIFE OF REDMONT TRIBUNE JOURNALIST, JENNY TORTUGA. POLICE DO NOT SUSPECT FOUL PLAY. TRAFFIC IS BEING REROUTED THROUGH THE CITY CENTER.


A/N: Mr. Sato is not to be trifled with, the spooky jerk.

If you’re reading this, then you already know, but I have changed my URL from emilynutter.wordpress.com to protagonized.wordpress.com.

I was reluctant to change it, since changing urls causes all manner of confusion, but I think it’ll be worth it in the long run. It’s a name that better fits what I’m trying to do here (while giving me the flexibility to experiment with different pen names).

Anyway, hope it doesn’t cause too much trouble! Feel free to message me if you have difficulty finding it again. 🙂

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